Louis Levitt, Double Bass

My mission as a teacher: I will teach you how to play the double bass. You will not be bored! If I can’t teach you, I will help find the right teacher for you!
— Louis Levitt

Fast Facts

  • Professor of Double Bass, Mason Gross School of Music at Rutgers University

  • Member, critically-acclaimed ensemble Sybarite5, first double-bassist to win the Concert Artist Guild Competition

  • Guest solos and lectures at Curtis Institute, New England Conservatory, Mannes School, Chamber Music America

Photo Credit: Met Orchestra

As a member of Sybarite5, Louis Levitt was the first double bassist to win the Concert Artist Guild Competition. Since then, he has performed with Sybarite5 in hundreds of concerts across the nation recent highlights include Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Library of Congress, Wolf Trap, Grand Tetons Music Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival. Internationally, he has appeared at the New Docta International Music Festival in Argentina, Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival in Newfoundland Canada, Osaka Festa, in Japan, and at the Forum in St. Thomas Virgin Islands. His self-produced debut EP with Sybarite5 cracked the top ten on the Billboard charts, and their follow up LP Everything In Its Right Place was released at Carnegie Hall on CAG Records. His latest album with Sybarite5, Outliers, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Classical Charts and has received international critical acclaim.

Levitt currently teaches double bass Mason Gross School of Music at Rutgers University and he is also in demand as a guest soloist and lecturer. He has recently performed and spoken at the Curtis Institute, New England Conservatory, Mannes School, the annual Chamber Music America conference, and the  Association or Performers and Presenters national arts conference in New York City.  Mr. Levitt has also served as the principal double bassist of the Iris Chamber Orchestra in Memphis TN; the Mostly Modern Festival Orchestra, Saratoga Springs NY; and Stereo Hideout Orchestra, Brooklyn NY.

Inspired by the Phoenix Concert Series in NYC, and Mike Blocks Silkroad Global Musician’s Workshop, Mr. Levitt’s latest project is record label, production company, and creative agency dubbed Bright & Shiny Things (brightshiny.ninja) He resides in Manhattan with his wife and two “spirited” children; Ian & Walker Levitt.